WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital
252 S. 4th St.
4th and Walnut Sts.
Lebanon, PA 17042
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During a stroke Quality care can’t wait.
A stroke occurs when a clot interrupts blood flow to an area of the brain. Receiving the right care quickly during a stroke can minimize brain damage and improve patient outcomes.
The Paul F. Dixon Stroke Center at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital has achieved certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. This advanced certification reflects the hospital’s adherence to the highest standards for quality stroke care.
If you or a loved one experiences the symptoms of stroke, including a drooping face, arm weakness, or slurred speech, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Quick diagnosis and treatment is critical during a stroke. Now Lebanon County has a Primary Stroke Center to provide the highest quality care right here.
Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain either bursts, ruptures or is blocked by a clot. As a result, the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and pieces of the brain die.
Approximately 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. Though some stroke risk factors are uncontrollable, such as age and race, other risk factors are in your control. For example, hypertension, which is the leading risk factor, can be controlled by eating a healthy diet, regularly engaging in physical activity, not smoking, and by taking prescribed medications.
Immediate stroke treatment may save a life. Possibly yours.
More than half of all Americans know someone who has had a stroke. Be prepared to identify a stroke.
F.A.S.T. is an acronym for recognizing and responding to the sudden warning signs of stroke.
The letters stand for:
Time to call 9-1-1
If you think someone is having a stroke, immediately call 9-1-1 or the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) number so an ambulance can be sent. Also, check the time so you'll know when the first stroke symptoms appeared.
An Ischemic Stroke occurs when a clot or a mass clogs a blood vessel, cutting off the blood flow to brain cells. Most ischemic strokes are caused by fatty plaque deposits.
A Hemorrhagic Stroke results from a weakened vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the surrounding brain tissue. The blood accumulates and forms a bruise within the brain tissue, compressing brain cells and causing them to die.
A TIA or Transient Ischemic Attack produces stroke-like symptoms. TIA is caused by a clot; but unlike a stroke, the blockage is temporary and usually causes no permanent damage to the brain. Approximately 15 percent of all strokes occur after a TIA. TIA is a medical emergency!
All materials provided courtesy of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Assocation.
To learn more about stroke, visit www.StrokeAssociation.org.
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